If you’re craving a delightful treat that combines the natural sweetness of ripe bananas with a crispy exterior, look no further than Jamaican Banana Fritters. This mouthwatering dish is a beloved Caribbean delicacy that can be enjoyed as a breakfast item, a snack, or even a dessert. The Jamaican Banana Fritters recipe is not only delicious but is also suitable for those following a vegan diet. Get ready to tantalise your taste buds with this easy-to-make and crowd-pleasing recipe.
Jamaican banana fritters
Banana fritters are made from a few simple ingredients that come together to create a delectable treat and are a well-loved breakfast or snack choice in Jamaican households. The main component is, of course, ripe bananas, which should be mashed until smooth. To bind the mixture, you’ll need all-purpose flour and a pinch of salt. For a hint of sweetness, add brown sugar or alternative sweeteners of your choice. Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are used to enhance the flavour. The Jamaican banana fritters recipe is a fantastic choice for everyone; it is entirely vegan-friendly.
Banana vs plantain fritters
Like bananas, plantains are starchy fruits commonly used in Jamaica to make fritters. Bananas and plantains may look similar, but they provide different flavours and textures to fritters. Compared to plantain fritters, banana fritters are soft and light with a naturally sweet flavour.
Do you use eggs in banana fritters
Traditional Jamaican banana fritters do not typically use eggs or milk. The bananas provide natural moisture and help bind the ingredients together. If you prefer to make your banana fritters with eggs, you can easily add them, but the recipe no longer keeking with authentic Jamaican traditional preparation.
Jamaican banana fritter recipe ingredients
To make the best Jamaican Banana Fritters, gather the following ingredients:
- Ripe banana: The star ingredient of the recipe, ripe bananas, provides natural sweetness and moisture to the fritters. They should be soft to achieve the desired texture.
- Plain flour: Also known as all-purpose flour, it serves as the base ingredient for the fritter batter. Plain flour helps bind the other ingredients together and provides structure to the fritters when fried. If you prefer a gluten-free option, replace the flour with a gluten-free alternative.
- Vanilla extract: Vanilla adds a pleasant fragrance and enhances the overall taste of the tasty fritters. It complements the natural sweetness of the bananas, contributing to a more flavourful experience.
- Nutmeg: Nutmeg adds another layer of flavour to the fritters. It has a slightly sweet and nutty taste that complements the bananas.
- Cinnamon: Pairs well with the natural sweetness of the ripe bananas, creating a well-balanced and flavourful combination.
Full measurements are in the recipe card below.
How to make Jamaican banana fritters
- Peel and mash bananas: Start by peeling ripe bananas and placing them in a mixing bowl. Use a fork or a potato masher to mash the bananas until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency.
- Add flour and spices: Once the bananas are mashed, add the flour, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon to the bowl.
- Fry:Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Use just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan for less-greasy fritters. Drop a spoonful of the banana fritter batter into the hot oil. Fry the fritters in small batches, leaving enough space between them in the pan. Overcrowding can lower the oil temperature and cause the fritters to absorb more oil.
How to eat and what to eat with it
In Jamaica, fritters are commonly enjoyed on their own. Drizzle honey or maple syrup over the warm banana fritters to enhance the sweetness. Jamaicans usually pair banana fritters with dishes like ackee and saltfish or callaloo. They also enjoy the fritters with a cup of tea.
There is no right or wrong way to enjoy banana fritters. Explore various combinations of toppings and side dishes to find the perfect match for your taste buds.
Reheating banana fritters, storage, and trips
To reheat banana fritters, place them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) or air fryer for a few minutes until warmed. Alternatively, you can reheat them in a toaster oven or microwave, although the texture may differ slightly. Fritters are best enjoyed immediately after cooking, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should be consumed within 2-3 days for optimal taste and texture.
If you have a surplus of banana fritters or wish to prepare them in advance, freezing is an option. Place the fritters in a freezer-safe container or bag, separating them with parchment paper to prevent sticking. When ready to enjoy, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and reheat using one of the methods mentioned above.
To make fritters less greasy, ensure that the oil is at the right temperature before frying. If the oil is not hot enough, the fritters will absorb more oil, resulting in a greasy texture. Use a deep-frying thermometer to maintain the oil temperature around 350°F (175°C), and avoid overcrowding the pan, as it can cause the fritters to become greasier.
Make it now
Indulge in the scrumptious flavours of Jamaican Banana Fritters with the easy-to-follow recipe. Whether you prefer the traditional version in the recipe card below or add eggs, these fritters are bound to satisfy your cravings. With their crispy exterior, soft interior, and naturally sweet banana flavour, they make a perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert option. Experiment with different additions and toppings to make them your own. So, gather your ingredients, heat up the oil, and get ready to savour the deliciousness of these Caribbean delights!
Jamaican Banana Fritters Recipe
- 4 Very ripe bananas
- 60 g (½ cups) Plain flour
- 3 tbsp Sugar
- ½ tsp Vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg
- ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon
- pinch Salt
- Peel the bananas and break them up in a bowl. Crush it using a fork or a masher.
- Add the other ingredients except for cooking oil. Mix until you get a soft paste, similar to the pancake batter but not as runny.
- Add cooking oil to the frying pan at medium heat. The oil should not cover the fritters in the frying pan. When the oil is hot, scoop portions of the batter mix with a tablespoon and add it to the oil.
- Fry until golden brown on both sides and cooked on the inside.
- It’s best to use an overripe banana. The riper the banana, the sweeter it is and the easier it is to crush.
- You may have to turn the heat down once you dd the banana batter to the oil to prevent the fritters from burning before cooking.
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